Mexican National Sentenced To Death For Killing Border Patrol Agent

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The jury has sentenced Gustavo Tijerina-Sandoval to death for count one capital murder and life and a $10,000 fine for count two attempted capital murder, pending formal sentencing. 

The verdict was automatically appealed, and a date for sentenced has not been set. 

It took the jury around an hour to deliberate after closing arguments were made by the defense and state.

During those arguments Prosecutor Charles Mattingly revealed that Sandoval robbed 17 people at gunpoint in a 45-day span.

“He has no respect for authority, he will be a danger whether he is in prison, in general population or whether he’s in death row,” Mattingly said. 

The defense brought in a witness who oversees prisons, who revealed there are more than two hundred people on death row, and 15 executions a year in Texas.

Defense Attorney Nat Perez argued that Sandoval had not shot anyone prior to August 3, 2014, referring to witnesses who testified they had been robbed at gunpoint by Sandoval. 

“The only factor that is different from those three cases, that’s different from the August 3 event is that in the August 3 event Javier Vega Jr. got to that AR 15 and he fired,” Perez said. 

Although the trial is not over, the jury completed their service, and they were dismissed by Judge Migdalia Lopez. 

Sandoval chose not to be present during the punishment phase.

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